This Limited Edition Ford Mustang Mach 1 Will Soon Be Available In South Africa. Ford South Africa is slated to expand its Mustang range with the introduction of the Mach 1 model that slots between the standard Mustang GT and Shelby models. Only 90 units of the Mach 1 will be on sale in South Africa. Powering the Mach 1 is a 5.0-litre V8 engine sourced from the Bullit. The V8 unit pumps out 338 kW/ 529 Nm and also employs a standard high-performance six-speed manual derived from the Shelby GT350. Buyers can also opt for the 10-speed automatic transmission at an additional charge.
According to Ford, both transmissions receive numerous performance, cooling and calibration enhancements that are specific to Mach 1. The exterior of the Mach 1 is bolstered with a bold grille that pays tribute to the original model,. There is extensive use of low-gloss Magnetic dark grey and black accents. At the rear, the Mach 1 is fitted with a rear spoiler for aerodynamic purposes while the rear axle spawns a cooling system. The bonnet is painted in satin black while the side stripes get orange accents. The brake callipers are painted orange while ‘Mach 1’ badging appears on the front fenders.
Lowvelder also stated that, the SA-bound Mustang Mach 1 models are painted in distinctive metallic Fighter Jet Grey with the Appearance Package as standard. The interior is fitted with orange seatback accents and a Dark Spindrift instrument panel with aluminium accents. There are new door sill plates as well as an updated splash screen on the 12.3-inch full LCD instrument cluster.
Other features include Mach-1-branded door-sill scuff plates and engraved badging on the instrument panel that displays the vehicle’s unique chassis number. According to Lowvelder, the timing and pricing for the Mustang Mach 1 in South Africa will be confirmed at a later stage.
The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a performance-oriented option package of the Ford Mustang, originally introduced in August 1968 for the 1969 model year. It was available until 1978, returned briefly in 2003,2004, and most recently 2021. As part of a Ford heritage program, the Mach 1 package returned in 2003 as a high-performance version of the New Edge platform. Visual connections to the 1969 model were integrated into the design to pay homage to the original. This generation of the Mach 1 was discontinued after the 2004 model year, with the introduction of the fifth generation Mustang.